No longer pretenders, Galileo is muscling up in 2017 to compete for a city championship. The offense will feature AAA RB of the Year, Yarvell Smith, along with all-city WR, Jackie Guo and second year starter at QB, Adrian Poot. Defensive keys will be linebackers, Antonio McBride and Erasmo Rivas along with defensive ends, Jeremiah Horne and Johan Lacayo. Junior transfer, Jimmie Edwards will be a boost for the defense at MLB.
Galileo will be visited Hercules (3–0) on Friday September 8, 2017 for their first away match of the season. The frosh soph team kicked off at 4:30pm and the varsity nightcap at 7pm.
Galileo kicked off the 2017 campaign with a double-header at home against San Lorenzo (1–0) from across the Bay. The frosh soph 11am game-time temperature was already at 75 degrees and the varsity headliner at 2pm on Saturday, September 2nd at the George White Field were at a blistering 90-plus degrees.
In his 5th season at Galileo, Marcus Blacksher Jr. has been promoted to associate head coach of the varsity team. His main role will be coördinating the varsity offense and working with player’s academic progress. Stephen Carton benefited from the change, gaining the role of frosh soph head coach for this season. Coach Mark Huynh will make a return to coördinating the varsity defense and retain the role of coördinating special teams for both squads. Additional coaches are currently slogging through the paper trail.
With the summer sessions over with, the Lions will take the field for the first day of practice on Tuesday, August 1st. All incoming freshmen are welcome to attend (2 rules to know; no red on the field and no profanity). All players need a physical to participate. All info and announcements for the 2017 campaign will be posted here.
Galileo will host San Lorenzo and Piner for Saturday matinees. In between, the Lions will travel to Hercules for a game under Friday night lights.
Galileo’s 2017 Spring Ball season is currently in session. With major offensive weapons returning from a high scoring 2016 season, the Lions are ready to light up the scoreboard at the spring game. Returning QB, Adrian Poot will be a force with his ability to spread the ball around. The 2016 AAA Running Back of the Year, Yarvell Smith will look to show the world what he can do as a sophomore next season but until then he is going to be a huge problem for Galileo’s defense in the spring game. Smith, a more than capable linebacker, will also get on the other side of the ball more this upcoming season. Other key offensive weapons to lookout for are sure-handed wideouts Jackie Guo and Erasmo Rivas. The biggest unknown for Galileo will be how it’s offensive line will respond from losing three seniors: it’s line is hinging on three rookie big boys; Thomas Santos, Eric Larreynaga, and Max Miles. Defensively, with the departure of all-city players; Connor Chavela (MLB), Demaje Ardis (OLB), and Miles Mainini (DE), the Lions will feature upcoming juniors, Ronald Fox (FS), Antonio McBride (MLB), and Johan Lacayo (DE/LB).
The Galileo Lions reached the playoffs but fell short of the championship game in a loss to Mission. Although the 2016 season was full of trials and obstacles, the Lions remain faithful and kept working together to achieve the goal of reaching the playoffs. This season was full of highlights as evident by the video.